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Delivery to Crofton?

Hi there. I'm hoping to send a dinner to some friends going through a tough time. I know of a few places in Crofton that deliver (Fusia, Hunan Express, Vince's Tasty Creations). I'm not in the area and don't know anything about any of those places, or if there might be better options. Does anyone have any suggestions? (I'm hoping to do this for tonight, but will likely be doing this in the future, too, so any thoughts are welcome.)

Mar 12, 2014
baa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need Advice Selecting Fine Dining for Bachelor Party

Maybe consider the Strip Club in St. Paul? (It's not a strip club.) Otherwise La Belle Vie is great--and yes they do have a full bar and extensive wine list. The head bartender there is very creative and the cocktails are excellent IMO. Actually, the bartenders at the Strip Club are also very creative and well-respected, too. Have a lovely time!

Jan 05, 2014
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul


Last Sunday in the early evening there was no wait (I think it was around 5 or so). Mid-day should be pretty good. You can also give them your name and phone number if there's a wait and they'll call you, so you could walk around the little shopping area if you have any interest in that.

Dec 13, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Duluth, MN 30th bifrthday bash ... need recommendations

Too bad CH moved this post--you're not likely to get nearly as much input here as you would if they would just let Duluth stay with MSP. Anyway, can you give more info on what you're looking for? How many people, if you want sit down dinner, if you want to go out dancing/drinking/etc? How fancy for food?

Oct 04, 2013
baa in Great Lakes

Dinner options

Lucia's is a great, often overlooked spot. Small menu that focuses on fresh and local--fall is a great time to eat there. I also love La Belle Vie's lounge for a casual dinner--or you can order the fancy food either in the main restaurant or in the lounge. The cocktails there are great. For both you'd want a reservation--Lucia's is pretty small, and La Belle Vie can be busy on weekend nights.

Oct 03, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

going to be staying near hotel minneapolis for work

Are you looking for casual, or sit down? Most of downtown is very walkable, if you have enough time. For casual, I would say to definitely try a food truck. Vellee Deli is often in the 2nd Ave/6th Street area, and is great. Hola Arepa is sometimes near there, too. If you wander over to 2nd Avenue South between 5th street and 7th Street (or Marquette Ave. between those same streets), you'll have a lot of options.

For sit down that's on the fancier side, I would walk (or take a Nice Ride bike) to Vincent, which is about 7 or 8 blocks away and has a great 3-course lunch option (at least they used to).

I'm sure if you have more specifics about how much time/money you want to spend, and what kind of food you're looking for, you'll get lots more options.

Avoid Restaurant Max, in the Hotel Minneapolis. Slow and not good.

Aug 20, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Inexpensive Drinks/Eats near City Center

Is the show actually AT City Center? I would think about Kieran's, which had some surprisingly good appetizers. Eli's has good food, as well--it's a little bit further of a walk up Hennepin (the quieter part of Hennepin). You shouldn't have to leave downtown to find what you're looking for.

Aug 08, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Quick and inexpensive lunch near Hotel Sofitel Bloomington?

About 5 minutes away (by car) is Wally's Roast Beef. It's not fancy, but it's delicious and cheap and there is really friendly service.

Aug 06, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Breakfast and Lunch on S. Hennepin Ave.

I haven't tried it, but Isles Bun Company (28th and Hennepin) is supposed to have tasty focaccia pizza. If you'd be willing to head over to Nicollet, you could also consider heading over to Lyndale (and 26th) for a the fried chicken sandwich at World Street Kitchen. I'm coming up empty on breakfast tacos.

Jul 16, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Girls dinner out

It's a little divey, but Pancho Villa can be fun for a group. Mexican food, full bar, and pretty cheap. I haven't been for a little while, but they used to have a deal where if you had a group of six, the birthday person got free margaritas. They're on 26th and Nicollet.

Jul 09, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ginger Beer

I saw today that they carry Cock & Bull at Clancey's in Linden Hills.

Jun 29, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Is Mayslacks Roast Beef still worth checking out?

Haven't ever been to Mayslacks, but I'm a fan of Wally's in Bloomington for a very solid, basic roast beef sandwich (I especially like their French dip). Clancey's is a very different sandwich, but it's also great.

Jun 10, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Three Days with Grandkids/Chanhassen

Yum is great for kids--always lots of families there. Especially great for kids if the grandparents are willing to spring for some fun cupcakes or other treats. They have a pretty good pizza and good mac and cheese, and lots of other potential options for kids.

I think MGM is worth it. I think Friday nights are still "family nights" with music and other fun things, but agree that it's a little targeted to younger kids. Still, older kids usually have fun looking at all the stuff--the Mexican "general stores" are pretty cool.

Tin Fish can be a HUGELY long wait, so order before you're hungry.

You could think about spending some time in Linden Hills for maybe a lunch or breakfast at Tilia (I don't go there with kids at dinner time--too packed), then walking around to the toy stores or the great bookstore Wild Rumpus which is right next to Tilia and has live animals walking around and other cool stuff. You could also walk down to Lake Harriet from there and eat at Bread and Pickle and have some ice cream there and listen to a concert at the bandshell there--concerts every night at 730, or 2:30 and 5:30 on Sundays.

If you're going to the Sculpture Garden, it's not too far from Black Sheep Pizza, which could be a fun spot.

May 27, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Breakfast Ever - Your Favorites

I think Ike's on 6th Street is pretty good for breakfast.

May 16, 2013
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good for a group in SF

Thank you all for the tips. Would appreciate any comments on the tentative itinerary:

Saturday lunch: Ferry Market (somewhere--assuming we'll just find some places that look good.

Saturday dinner: St. Vincent

Sunday breakfast: ThoroughBread

Sunday lunch: House of Nanking or Yank Sing

Sunday dinner: Foreign Cinema

Monday breakfast: not sure

Monday dinner: Barbacco or Lers Ros or La Taqueria (I realize this is all over the map)

Tuesday breakfast: not sure

Nights on the town: possibly stopping by the Tonga Room or Smuggler's Cove? Would also be interested in locations that might be able to accommodate 40-year-olds trying to relive college glory days through awkward but enthusiastic dancing.

Apr 24, 2013
baa in San Francisco Bay Area

Good for a group in SF

I'll be visiting in late April for four days with some college friends--there will be five of us. We've got Saturday night dinner plans (St. Vincent), we're planning to go to the Ferry Market at some point, and maybe take a taco stroll in the Mission on Saturday afternoon. I'm looking for suggestions for dinner or lunch options. Cheap is always great, but we can have a fancy meal or two. Also would love thoughts on whether Slanted Door would be a good choice. We're from all around the country, but none of us are from SF, so anything that's unique to SF would be fun for us. Thanks for any help.

Editing to add: I know this is a really common type of question on SF Chowhound. I've done some searching, and have come across some helpful threads, especially this one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/832505, but I'm hoping for some advice given that we'll have a bigger group. We're staying in the Nob Hill area, if that makes any difference.

Apr 09, 2013
baa in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday drinks this Saturday night

The lounge at La Belle Vie. I don't think it's really much more expensive than other lounge-type spots (could be wrong of course), and the drinks and setting and food are top-notch. I could make a meal out of just their fries. Or potato chips. Or lamb burgers. Or most of the rest of the bar menu.

Dec 27, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

NY gal needs help making December weekend dining decisions

For brunch (if you're willing to leave downtown) I would consider trying Tilia. The place can be packed for dinner, but if you get there on the earlier side for brunch, you should be able to get in without too much trouble, and it's some great food. I love the eggs in parmesan cream. It's also a lovely spot for lunch. It's in Linden Hills, which is within about 4-5 miles of downtown, but it can be a little tricky to find.

Nov 28, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best chilaquiles in Twin Cities?

I don't think they're new--I had chilaquiles there several months ago. I didn't like them very much, actually, but I haven't had that many versions, so I'm not an authority by any stretch. They seemed too "soupy" in my opinion.

Nov 01, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Steak Frites in the TC?

I enjoyed the Steak Frites at Cave Vin in Minneapolis.

Oct 02, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Next weekend in MSP

Maybe consider pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers at La Belle Vie's lounge? I think they have a great cocktail list, and some delicious appetizers, and the room is beautiful. Plus, it's across the street from the Walker Art Gallery, and there's a Nice Ride station right there.

If you're going to Rustica and want a quick lunch, Punch Pizza is right next door, serving Neopolitan-style pizzas. There are some differing opinions on Punch (as always when pizza is the topic of conversation), but I think it's a great version of Neopolitan. (Punch/Rustica are also pretty close to the Nice Ride station near Lake Calhoun.)

Sep 20, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need ideas for a nice dinner, sporty brunch, and a light dinner.

It's not the very best breakfast in downtown, but I wonder if Ike's might fit the bill? They have a decent breakfast, and while it's not quite a sports bar I do recall them having a bunch of TVs, and I suspect you wouldn't be rushed out the door. www.ilikeikes.com

Sep 12, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a rec - corporate dinner, needs a exceptional wine list, fine dining

Maybe Vincent? My first choice would be La Belle Vie, too, but if that's not available, Vincent has a beautiful room, and excellent food, with good service. I can't say much about their wine list except that I would expect good (and French) things.

Aug 30, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good place for a catch up dinner & drinks

There are lots of good options, but my current favorite is the lounge at La Belle Vie. The drinks are great, the food is great, the room is beautiful, and the crowd makes for some usually interesting people-watching. I spent a couple hours there this summer catching up with old college friends, and it was great.

Aug 15, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help me complete our Minneapolis special night out itinerary

Well, there's no patio, but I love the lounge at La Belle Vie. It's a beautiful room, with good people watching (and few, if any, 21 year olds), and no lines. We were there (the dining room) for my husband's 40th, and it felt appropriately celebratory. I'm not a beer person, so can't comment on that, but they have a great cocktail list and some excellent desserts. Not sure if it's an "after dinner" drink, but their Strawberry Blond is maybe my favorite drink ever. If you want to hit up another spot after, you can work through Loring Park to Lurcat and maybe have some mini donuts . . . .

Aug 01, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family friendly restaurants near SW Minneapolis and Corcoran?

I just went to Convention Grill with my two little ones last Tuesday, and I wasn't impressed. I'm never impressed, but I keep trying, and I don't know why. The food took longer than expected to come out, and was so-so. We split a chocolate shake between the three of us, and there was no discernible chocolate flavor. We didn't finish it, which in our family is a VERY bad sign, particularly when the thing is being split three ways.

As an alternative, the Edina Grill (50th and France) is quite family friendly, and has better food IMO. A bit more expensive, but still pretty moderate.

Jul 29, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What happened to Midtown Global Market?

I think MGM seems to be improving--it's heading in the right direction at least with Sonora Grill, Left Handed Cook, etc. What I would like to see are some specialty spots--like a great cheesemonger, awesome chocolates, or something--that is a destination for whatever specialty is is. I think that's what Reading Terminal Market in Philly has going for it--people go there for specific things, and for great food to eat while they're there.

I disagree that the location needs to serve the neighborhood specifically. I don't know about St. Lawrence or Essex or North Market, but Reading Terminal Market and Pike Place Market aren't designed to serve their neighborhoods. People come from miles around to go to those places, and I think that's ideally what MGM should be--a destination. It's not the most convenient place to get to for me, but I like to get there when I can. With a few more TRUE destination shops, it could turn the corner to being something that's special for the metro as a whole.

Jul 24, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tim McKee and Masu

Has anyone been recently? I'm going on Thursday night for the first time and would love to hear a recommendation on what's good and/or if there's anything to avoid.

Jul 10, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Seeking relatively quiet, table service Mexican restaurant in Twin Cities.

Can anyone say anything about Dominguez Family Restaurant near Nokomis? I tried to go once, but it was closed for Mother's Day weekend (on a Friday!). I get the impression that it's not exactly chow-ish, but seems like it might be tasty, if not particularly innovative, Mexican?

Jul 02, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Lunch near airport?

If you want to make an outing of it, consider going to Sea Salt Eatery, which is very near the airport. It's delicious seafood in a park setting. It's super casual--order at a counter, wait (sometimes too long) for your food to come out to your table. It's a beautiful location, and if it's a nice day it's hard to beat the setting right there by Minnehaha Falls. The lines can be really long, but by 2:00 they might have died down a bit.

Jun 26, 2012
baa in Minneapolis-St. Paul